Our Ginger Dress free sewing pattern brings together details from several different eras to create a simply elegant silhouette. The sleek sheath dress paired with extra billowing bishop sleeves creates a look that’s both delicate and opulent. Try your version in any one of Mood’s recommended dress fabrics! Keep your version cute and casual in a vibrant sateen or go full luxury with a stunning jacquard.
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Since the top layer of this dress is transparent, I decided to sew the lining along with the lace as if they were one fabric. This avoided the seam allowance that would be seen if I sewed the lining separately and then inserted into the lace dress.
Alternatively, you could sew them separately with French or bound seams, but I wanted to avoid unnecessary bulk.
To sew your Ginger Dress the way I did, begin by hemming the lining of your front and back dress pieces. I recommend cutting your lining 1-2″ shorter than your dress to show off the scalloped edge of the lace.
Next, pin and/or stay-stitch your lace over each of your respective lining pieces. Sew the darts into the bust, following the guides on your pattern.
Next, attach the front and backs of your dress at the shoulders and side seams. Here, I recommend using French seams, like you see below.
Likewise, create each of your sleeves by sewing up the inseam.
Set your sleeves into each armscye, gathering the excess fabric toward the shoulder. Since French seams would be difficult here, I recommend binding your armhole with some extra lining fabric.
To finish off your sleeves, thread some ribbon through your lace about 2″ up from the hem. Pull to gather and tie it off with enough room to fit your wrist.
Lastly, Add your collar to the neckline before inserting your zipper and sewing down the remainder of your center back seam.
Note, to avoid additional bulk, you can sew your zipper up to the neckline and finish the center back edges of your collar with a small rolled hem before adding a hook & eye or tiny snap at the top of the collar!